Located deep within Eastern Oregon's High Desert is this remote and rarely climbed gem with unique views in each direction; whether it be the Malheur River badlands and Castle Rock to the south or the high reaching Elkhorns to the north. Number fifty-two on the P2K list with 2211 feet of prominence; the summit of Ironside Mountain lays at the southwest end of a mountain complex that stretches over five miles from end to end and includes a series of subpeaks at similar elevations. This mountain is composed of rhyolite, andesite, and basaltic magma from Strawberry Miocence eruptions. You can expect to see variations of each rock type along the steep slog up the summit cone with a few patches of flaky biotite hidden along the way. From a distance the mountains bare rocky sides appear red and black, most likely the source of its
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Nearest major airport:||Boise, Idaho|
|Convenient Center:||John Day, Oregon|
Thanks to Kelly Canaday for adding this peak.
NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name
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